rsshardware IDC RSS alerts Aruba Outlines Plans for SD-Branch; Enhances Network Visibility for Enterprise/IoT Edge <P>Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, recently held its annual Atmosphere 2019 conference in Las Vegas, where the company welcomed some 3,000 customers and partners. At the conference Aruba launched new network visibility capabilities, provided additional details on the company's software-defined branch (SD-Branch) strategy and introduced its next series of products for the next-generation of WiFi (WiFi 6). </P> IDC Link Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rohit Mehra, Brandon Butler Google Next 19: Collaboration Takeaways <P>The annual Google Next conference took place in San Francisco from April 7 – April 12, 2019. Attracting over 35,000 executives, IT professionals, and developers the event featured over 130 new product announcements. Led by Google Cloud's new CEO Thomas Kurian, Google made its best case yet why you should consider their Google ecosystem to power your enterprise's digital transformation. This IDC Link provides insights of the collaboration-centric announcements and content shared at Google Next 19. </P> IDC Link Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Wayne Kurtzman EFI Acquired for $1.7 Billion by Private Equity Firm Siris Capital Group IDC Link Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Amy Machado, Tim Greene, Sharon McNee, Tomoko Mitani HPE Announcements Highlight the Importance of Alliances for Hybrid Cloud Solutions <P>HPE made two major announcements last week, one with Nutanix and the other with Google, that highlight the growing demand from customers for integrated hybrid cloud solutions, based on best of breed infrastructure platforms and solutions from technology vendors and their alliance partners. HPE and Nutanix announced a global partnership to deliver an integrated hybrid cloud as a Service (aaS) solution to the market, leveraging Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software – all delivered through HPE GreenLake. In addition, Nutanix partners will be able to sell HPE branded servers, factory pre-configured with Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software stack as an integrated appliance. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is partnering with Google Cloud to deliver HPE Validated Designs for Google Cloud's Anthos, with choice of solutions with HPE SimpliVity HCI, HPE Nimble Storage and HPE ProLiant, apart from offering it as a consumption model using its Greenlake service. </P> IDC Link Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Chris Morris, Rajnish Arora IDC MarketScape Criteria: Worldwide Security Solutions and Services Hardcopy 2019 Vendor Assessment <P>This IDC Market Perspective provides a description of the market definitions and assessment criteria for <I>IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Security</I><I> Solutions and</I><I> Services Hardcopy 201</I><I>9</I><I> Vendor Assessment</I> (forthcoming).</P><P>"Security has become a top-level IT concern among business of all sizes and is now recognized as the second most important criteria for adoption of MPS," says Robert Palmer, research VP, IDC's Imaging, Printing, and Document Solutions. "By assessing the evolution of the print security landscape, IDC can help businesses identify vendors with strong offerings and well-integrated strategies for hardening the print environment and protecting access to business-critical information."</P> Market Perspective Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Robert Palmer Worldwide Service Provider Router Market Shares, 2018: Core Routing Leads Sharp Global Rebound as Carriers Invest in Backbone Capacity Ahead of 5G Rollouts <P>This IDC study reviews worldwide service provider router revenue for 2018.</P><P>"Carriers invested aggressively across the world in 2018 in building backbone capacity to support the growth in users and video content across the current generation of both wireless and wireline metro networks and to future proof against the expected data tsunami to be unleashed as 5G rollouts begin in 2019." — Rajesh Ghai, research director, Carrier Network Infrastructure at IDC</P> Market Share Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rajesh Ghai, Petr Jirovsky Can Artificial Intelligence be a Key Competitive Advantage for Oil & Gas Companies? <P>This IDC Survey Spotlight analyzes the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) applications in the oil & gas industry (O&G). This document also sheds light on the AI adoption across the O&G subvertical and highlights the type of use-case prioritization by market players. It also brief assesses the current and future state of AI in the O&G business. This IDC Survey Spotlight is based on data from the <I>IDC Energy Insights Survey</I>, October 2018, for the oil & gas industry.</P><P>"AI technology has incredible potential to enable O&G industry players to not only efficiently deal with operational challenges, but also address an ever-growing issue — skill gap/skill shortage in the O&G industry," said Gaurav Verma, research manager, IDC Energy Insights.</P> IDC Survey Spotlight Tue, 16 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Gaurav Verma Canon Introduces the imagePRESS C910 Series, Targeting the Light Production Print Opportunity <P>This Market Note looks at the introduction of Canon's new imagePRESS C910 series of color laser light production presses.</P> Market Note Tue, 16 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Amy Machado Essential Skills: Top 30 Skills for Cybersecurity Engineers <P>This IDC Survey Spotlight present results from IDC's December 2018 <I>Technology Skills Survey</I> (n = 1,438), a global survey of IT professionals and IT managers that examined the current and future importance of roles, skills, and training as the IT environment evolves and is part of IDC's groundbreaking research into the skills and job roles that organizations will need to bring their strategic digital technology transformation projects to fruition. This IDC Survey Spotlight presents the "Skill Importance Index (SII)" for the 30 most important skills for cybersecurity professionals. </P><P>The Skill Importance Index is effectively the actual demand by role for a specific skill. The SII for each role combines the frequency a skill is considered "important" to the role with the share of those who also expect to take training on that skill within 24 months.</P><P>Across the globe, organizations are challenged to find staff with the strategically important skills to deploy and use technology for their digital transformation efforts. This is not just an issue that's impacting the IT department — it's costing the business money and stunting organizations' ability to innovate. And with the increasing importance of IT to business success, it is increasingly important that IT professionals have the skills to perform their roles. </P><P>"IDC believes that, by 2020, 90% of all organizations will have adjusted project plans, delayed product/service releases, incurred costs, or lost revenue due to lack of IT skills, with losses worldwide totaling $390 billion annually. Cybersecurity professionals must continually build those skills that have strategic importance to their professional success." — Cushing Anderson, vice president, IT Education and Certification research</P> IDC Survey Spotlight Tue, 16 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Cushing Anderson Google Cloud Introduces Multicloud Kubernetes Management Platform with Anthos Launch <P>Google Cloud’s introduction of the Anthos multicloud Kubernetes management platform introduces a sophisticated container native approach to standardizing multi-cluster Kubernetes operations at scale, across public cloud and on premises container environments.  Anthos relies on the Google Kubernetes Engine’s (GKE) open Kubernetes-native API, and Google proprietary programmatic infrastructure automation as code technologies to create a unified multicloud control plane. </P> IDC Link Tue, 16 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Mary Johnston Turner, Gary Chen, Stephen Elliot